Linby prepare for big cup clash

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LINBY Colliery Welfare will face one of their toughest but also one of their most exciting challenges of the season on Saturday in the Baris League Challenge Cup second round.

AFC Mansfield will provide the opposition at Church Lane in what promises to be an exciting encounter, with the visitors currently topping the Central Midlands League North Division having already scored a massive 106 goals and conceded only 16.

They have lost only two of their 20 matches so far, although they are only three points ahead of second-placed Dronfield Town who have two games in hand.

AFC Mansfield are a newly-formed club, created by three former directors of Mansfield Town FC in a similar fashion to the likes of AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester.

They have since assembled a talented squad of players, including the likes of Danny and Lee Naylor from Carlton Town and Rainworth, former Ollerton man Ricky Chambers, ex-Kirkby Town star Carl Haslam and Dean Rick, another formerly of Rainworth Miners Welfare.

They also attract gates of around 300 to most of their home games at the Forest Recreation Ground,with a healthy away following therefore hoped to be making the trip to Linby on Saturday.

Welfare currently sit seventh in the CMFL South division, having last played in the 0-0 draw with local rivals AFC Hucknall on Boxing Day.